Tag: smart home

Privacy remains a big issue in today’s smart home

Sales of smart home-related products are growing at double-digit rates in many countries across the globe (particularly in the United States and Western Europe), as highlighted at the IFA Global Press Conference in Spain last month. For many consumers, the allure of the smart home is difficult to overcome. What consumer doesn’t like the idea […]

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Let’s watch Google announce new products and features at I/O 2019

[embedded content] Every year, Google gathers up a bunch of media and developers to talk about its big projects for the year and into the future. The I/O developers’ conference comes close on the heels of similar conferences thrown by Microsoft and Facebook. While these shindigs are primarily designed for developers, they also give the […]

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The Pixel 3a smartphone, Android updates, and everything else Google announced at its 2019 I/O conference

[embedded content] Every year, Google gathers up a bunch of media and developers to talk about its big projects for the year and into the future. The I/O developers’ conference comes close on the heels of similar conferences thrown by Microsoft and Facebook. While these shindigs are primarily designed for developers, they also give the […]

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Samsung is using computer vision to tell you what’s in your fridge

CES is a yearly ritual to imagine what’s possible and display the strange, innovative, and silly. There can be surprises, but for a highly anticipated conference that attracts tens of thousands of people from around the world, some trends are very predictable: New televisions are rolled out, tech companies take subtle potshots at the competition (see […]

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Ring employees reportedly had access to all live and recorded customer videos

Ring, the smart home device startup Amazon acquired for $1 billion in March 2018, reportedly has a security problem: Some of its employees were given unfettered access to footage from customers’ security cameras. The Intercept, citing an anonymous source, today reported that beginning in 2016, Ring provided its Ukraine-based research and development division — Ring Labs — […]

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Amazon extends its Key delivery service to third-party smart locks and garage doors

Won’t be around to accept a package? If the order’s from Amazon, you needn’t worry. Months after it began making deliveries to the trunks of select GM and Cadillac vehicles in 37 cities via Key In-Car, the Seattle company is introducing new ways for mail carriers to leave packages at homes and apartments securely. During the […]

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Bosch details connected robot lawnmower, gesture-sensing kitchen projector

Bosch, the Gerlingen, Germany-based smart devices conglomerate that produces everything from dishwashers to CCTV cameras, had a lot to talk about during its keynote presentation at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show on Monday. Most of it involved the internet of things. Some of it involved artificial intelligence (AI). And all of it revolved around services […]

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Amazon’s Ring unveils Door View Cam for peephole video and smart outdoor lighting

Amazon’s Ring today unveiled a series of new products including the Door View Cam for live video from the peephole of your front door, as well as new outdoor lighting and sensors made for motion detection or amplifying security alarms. Different than video doorbells today, which can sometimes focus on the side view or below […]

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Simtoo’s SimCam is an AI security camera that doesn’t require a subscription

Shenzhen-based Simtoo is best known for its foldable, crowdfunded portable selfie drones, but the company’s branching into new markets this year. At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it revealed the SimCam, an IP65-rated waterproof home security camera that taps an artificial intelligence (AI) to follow track folks within view. On its face, the […]

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Kohler reveals new lighted mirror, intelligent toilet, touchless faucet, and more

On the lookout for an intelligent toilet? Kohler could have you covered. The vaunted manufacturer today announced enhancements to its Kohler Konnect lineup of bathroom fixtures and smart devices, which follow its connected shower system and bathtub kit that were introduced last year. In addition to a new bathroom mirror — the Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror — […]

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Ooma’s Smart Cam can record without an internet connection

Fifteen years ago, San Francisco’s Ooma launched its first product: a voice-over-IP phone that allowed users to place calls over other Ooma users’ landlines. Telecommunications remains Ooma’s bread and butter, but its acquisition of Butterfleye in December 2017 marked its foray into home security. It launched Ooma Home Monitoring — a system that allows users […]

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Currant’s Smart Wall Outlet taps AI to reduce energy waste

Home appliances waste more energy than you might think. Incandescent light bulbs consume 20 percent to 80 percent more electricity than energy-efficient alternatives, like compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). A single dishwasher, meanwhile, can draw over 1,800 watts per cycle. That’s why Hasty Granbery, former director of software engineering at PayPal, in 2015 founded Currant, […]

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Cherry Labs raises $5.2 million for AI that detects when elderly users fall

Falls are the leading cause of injury among people 65 and older. Approximately 9,500 deaths in older Americans are associated with trips or stumbles each year, and on average, folks between the ages of 65 to 69 suffer a hip fracture one out of every 200 falls. More worryingly, as a result, 20 to 30 […]

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Google Assistant can now set Nickelodeon character alarms and reply to broadcast messages

Google Assistant is now able to set alarms with characters from Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so you can say “Hey Google, set a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle alarm for 8:00 PM.”  Lego City, Lego Life, and Lego Friends alarms are also available and Spin Master Hatichmal alarms will be introduced by the […]

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Google Assistant New Features for the Holidays

Google Assistant launched at Google I/O 2016 as the software for Google Home, the nemesis of Amazon Echo and its voice operated software Alexa. Since that day, countless new Google Assistant features and new compatible devices have been released. Today, Google Assistant is rolling out new features for the holidays, some will be available immediately […]

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